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the items he's most furious about losing. that's just ahead here on the ktvu morning news. well, good morning to you. welcome to thursday. september 9th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. let's get a look at the weather with steve paulson. good morning. skies are mostly clear. patchy low clouds around but nothing compared to yesterday at this time. temperatures are rather chilly. we have a lot of 40s. santa rosa 48. napa 47 right now. little breezy today. 60s to now low mid-70s. steve, right now traffic moves well on 80 westbound as you head to the macarthur maze with no major problems. also this morning's commute looking good on 880 north and southbound. now back to the desk. all right. thank you, sal. we are following developing news from oakland where firefighters are on the scene of an early morning apartment
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fire. the building is on 60th [ audio problems ] ktvu is standing by with more information. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, pam. there's still ladder company and two engines here on the scene of 60th and mlk. you see a lot of debris out front here. fire crews are throwing things out of the window. they're in the middle of the overhaul. an arson investigator has been been here. this started around 3:00 a.m. this morning. crews arrived here and immediately tried to attack the fire. when they got here they were faced with huge flames. witnesses reported hearing an explosion and then seeing huge flames from the second story window. captain says they had to bust down the front door to enter the building. then hey ran upstairs. they got this fire under control relatively quickly. and nobody was hurt. a witness told us what she saw. >> i just saw flames shooting
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through the roof and out the windows and the glass busting out. after i called 911 i took pictures. >> reporter: and these are the pictures from that woman's cell phone. she caught the fire at the height of its intensity. you can see some of the large plumes of flames shooting out from that upper right hand corner. now firefighters who we talked to are on the scene right now they were familiar with this building. that's because this is the second time they have been here. you see there was another fire at 1:00 p.m. yesterday. so this is the second time the same crew has been here in the last 14 hours. is it possible you didn't put out the 1:00 fire and that's what started at 3:00 a.m.? >> it's always possible. but we're pretty sure we had a lady come by saying she heard an explosion and when she looked out saw a flash and heavy fire in the two rooms that weren't on fire. >> reporter: so the captain went onto add the building wasn't completely secure and that means somebody on this
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busy thoroughfare could have gotten into the building and caused the second fire. right now they're not sure what caused it. the arson investigator was here. coming up i'm going to gook baa and ask the captain if he thinks this fire was suspicious or possibly an arson. time now 5:02. this morning oakland police are investigating two separate shootings. both happened about 9:45 last night in different neighborhoods. one of the shootings was fatal. the fatal shooting happened during a gunfight right near a truck at 45th and international. one man was killed. another wounded in that gun battle. the wounded man drove himself all the way to a hospital in tracy to get treatment. his condition is not known. the victim of that second oakland shooting drove himself to highland hospital. police say he was shot in the 4200 block of foothill boulevard. he is expected to survive.
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as we mentioned, both shootings happened around the same time. but police don't think they're connected. this morning in antioch a 7- year-old girl is in critical condition after she was hit by a car when she ran into the street chasing a toy. police say about 6:40 yesterday evening the girl darted into west sixth street near c street right into the path of an oncoming car. the man driving the car tried to stop and swerved but hit the girl and knocked her to the ground. she was flown to uc davis medical center. a vallejo man linked to a bizarre homicide case is out on bail this morning. ktvu's claudine wong joins us now with new details about this case. good morning, claudine. >> reporter: guilty good morning, pam. for the first time in more than a week charles is not waking up behind bars. we do not know if he's come home to his home here. we know he was released about nine hours ago after posting bail. bail that was originally set at $2 million now moved onto
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$25,000. that was done at a bail hearing yesterday. his lawyer told reports his client is a victim. he was taken to jail after the bodies of two missing women were found one in his home and one in the backyard. one woman was his wife who he reported missing days earlier. at the time he was taken into custody for explosives found in his house. he is a chemist and had a lot of chemicals stored in his house and a nearby storage unit. prosecutors were also looking at the time into whether or not he was connected to the deaths of his wife and friend. those bodies must have been brought to the house that morning otherwise he would have found them. they haven't ruled out charges but yesterday in court any additional charges if they come wouldn't come any time soon. so the judge reduced his bail and he posted bail and was let go. of course all of this is
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connected to efren valdemoro, the man shot by police a week and a half ago. valdemoro stalked charles and his wife. police are looking into whether or not valdemoro is connected to the death of the women. they already believe he killed his girlfriend and an elderly man from hercules and possibly that man's son. that man's son named frederick sales is still missing. police are searching for him or any evidence connected to him in a landfill. they've been searching there for days. we expect them to resume that search in just a few hours. live in vallejo, claudine wong, channel 2 news. time now 5:06. concord police may have a hard time identifying two armed robbers. witnesses claim the gunmen wore pillow cases over their heads while holding up the mcdonald's. this happened last night. investigators say the two gunmen walked in, they jumped over the counter and cleaned out the cash registers. no one was hurt. 5:06 is the time right now. sal has some information about
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a messy overnight crash in oakland. >> that's right. early this morning in oakland an out of control car slammed into a fire hydrant sending a torrent of water shooting into the air. it happened around 2:00 this morning on 98th avenue. water from the hydrant gushed up towards to 70 feet. police say it appears the driver was speeding after hitting the hydrant the car flew through the intersection and landed on some railroad tracks. the car's air bags ployed. the driver left the car and ran away. police are now trying to locate the car's registered owner. let's go right to live pictures and show you traffic on 80 westbound. looks pretty good coming out to the macarthur maze. those metering lights should not on right now. it's too light. they usually come on around 6:15 or 6:30. right now is a good time to get into the city without slowing down too much n. is a look at northbound 280 getting up to highway 17. we're looking pretty good here as you drive up into the
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valley. at 5:07, here's steve. my goodness. remember monday when it was about 90, 84 san francisco. mid-90s to near 100. that came crashing down yesterday. first bone fied cold front of the season sliced through. a few light showers up in northeast napa county late yesterday afternoon and also out in the valley. sacramento up to redding had some rain showers even in northern california. well, the cold air's in place. still patchy low clouds around. mostly sunny today. it will be a little breezy and slightly warmer. won't be as cool as yesterday. 60s to near 70s around the bay and mid-70s inland. the breeze will pick up a bit. napa checking in at 48. that's at the airport. san francisco 54. mid-50s, low 50s. san jose mostly cloudy and 59. little bit of a difference there. 34 in tahoe. there's your cold air in place. even sacramento at 54 degrees. and temperatures will be on the cool side today. take a litt while to recover.
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but the system is ejecting out. still though some patchy low clouds which to be honest with you surprise me when you get this much of a dynamic in a cool air aloft system should wipe out the fog but the fog seems like it wants to hang around this year. it's still there. but only patchy low clouds. mainly coast and bay. once that burns off it will be sunny to mostly sunny. little breezy and slightly warmer. highs in the 70s inland. 6 0z near the coast. upper 60s around the bay. warmer into friday. looks like we'll level off into the weekend there. signs of rain will return next week. more of that in our next segment. all right. steve, thank you. time now 5:09. a bay area rock star is now offering reward money to get back two of his treasured guitars. rob anyone is the front man for the heavy metal band machine heads. on tuesday someone ransacked his house in martinez and stole two of his guitars. he used one of those to record his first album. the other guitar was given to him by heavy metal pioneer dime bag daryl. the guitar player for pan
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terra. >> i had my dime bolt over here. i had my guitar that i recorded and wrote my first album with machine head over there. >> now flin says he's convinced he was targeted in this theft. he's offering a $3,000 reward for the return of his prized guitars. at the same time martinez police are examining the fingerprints that may be connected to the thefts. well, new rules are in the works for the airlines. the surprising amount of time that pilots spend at the airport that's not accounted for and could effect the safety of your next flight. and also faceoff over furloughs and whether or not the governor has the power to force state employees to go without pay. when that decision's going to be made. and president obama weighs in on a florida pastor's plans to burn the koran this weekend. i'll tell you what the president has to say coming up. and traffic looking good. we'll tell you why construction
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projects could slow you down. more about that.
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welcome back to the morning news. it's now 5:13. as we approach the anniversary of the september 11th attacks this saturday, we're following two heated issues involving tolerance and islam. we're live from the washington
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d.c. newsroom with more on this story. alliso >> reporter: good morning to you, pam. that's right. two big stories are spoking anti-american sentiments overseas ahead of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. these are the qurans that a florida pastor says he will burn on saturday. despite condemnation by top u.s. diplomatic and military officials who say it will put americans at risk of reprisal by radicals. and in new york the center of the ground zero mosque controversy says he wants to move ahead with plans to build an islamic community center near the attack site. he went on tv and said to change locations would also create a national security problem. >> if we move it means the radicals have shaped the discourse. the radicals will shape the discourse on both sides. >> reporter: and new this morning, president obama is weighing in on the quran burning protest. he said in an interview that the florida pastor should "listen to those better angels and call off his plan." the president says it is a
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clear bonanza for al qaeda recruiting efforts. i'll have more on president obama's comments during my next update in about an hour. for now live in washington d.c., allison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. senator barbara boxer is distancing herself from an economic advisor who was arrested on marijuana charges at a senate office building in washington d.c. capitol police say he was trying to hide a leafy green substance as he was going through security yesterday. that substance tested positive for marijuana. stanley quickly resigned. boxer says actions are unacceptable. governor schwarzenegger begins a six day trade mission to china, south korea and japan. he's going even though there's still no agreement in sacramento on a new state budget. the governor says this trade mission was scheduled months ago. and that international trade is a big source for new jobs for california. the governor and legislative leaders say they will be able to continue the budget
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negotiations by teleconference while the governor is on that trade mission. and the issue of furlough fridays is now in the hands of the california supreme court. attorneys representing governor schwarzenegger and state employees were in a san francisco courtroom yesterday. employees say the state constitution does not give the governor the power to force workers to take unpaid days off. but the governor's office says it does during a fiscal emergency. the court has until december 9th to issue a ruling. you can watch video of the california supreme court hearing on furlough fridays at our channel 2 website at ktvu.com. just click on the bay area news tab. the state supreme court refused to order governor schwarzenegger and attorney general jerry brown to defend controversial proposition 8. the conservative legal group pacific justice institute filed a lawsuit last week. they want the court to make schwarzenegger and brown appeal
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last month's ruling to strike down the voter approved ban on same sex marriage. attorneys for brown and the governor say that the two should be able to choose which laws they challenge or defend. the faa is about to propose new rules limiting the number of hours airline pilots may work. the idea is to prevent tired flight crews from making what can be fatal errors. talk about changing the rules started after a crash of a regional airliner that killed 50 people in february of last year. right now commercial pilots are limited to 100 hours of flying time per month. but they often spend nearly twice that time on the ground preparing for flights while waiting on the runway to take off. >> that's a big deal. >> it is. time now 5:17. sal's here to get you to work, to school, wherever you have to go this morning. sal. >> all right. we do have some emergency road work in oakland. i made a map of it for you here on 880 southbound as you drive to the coliseum. it's at 23rd. the two right lanes are closed.
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fortunately it's still relatively light in this area and traffic is not all that slow. oakland north and southbound right at the coliseum looks pretty good here as you drive north and south. northbound on the right not effected by any of this road work. they hope to have this emergency slab repair which is the basically they're repairing the concrete there by -- they hope to have it picked up by 5:30 in the morning. it could become a big traffic issue if it's not. let's move along and look at 280 northbound. that traffic's moving well up into the 17 area and beyond no major problems on the way into the valley. 5:18. let's go to steve. all right, sal. good morning. little chill in the air. feel like fall after yesterday's system came. pretty good one. in fact yesterday afternoon, well, i'll show you here on satellite. watch coming out of the valley. right there. that's pretty good. not too bad. just what we talked about to
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the north and east. we were definitely there as far as the system came in. first the little front and then the associated little spin in the atmosphere triggered shower activity. after you get to sunset then it loses its support. but still left behind some cool air and low clouds still in place. patchy low clouds and mostly sunny. little breezy. 60s, 70s and mid-70s low temperatures on the high side will be below average. mt. tamalpais -- hold on. why don't we start this over again. we can just play country music for ten minutes and i'll try to get my thoughts together. 48 in mt. tamalpais. two degrees cooler than yesterday. that's really cool air aloft. sonoma 47. bethel island 52. san carlos 54. i saw stanford at 50. vallejo and pleasanton both at 56 degrees. 34 up in tahoe. 50s and 60s up and down the coast. even in the dessert the system has enough to make it into southern california some of the cool air. system carved itself out and now ejects out of here.
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low clouds give way to mostly sunny weather and little warmer but also still breezy at times. highs will be in the 60s and 70s across the board here. mid-70s inland. a lot of 60s closer to the coast. chilly morning. low clouds we'll be slightly warmer into the weekend. european markets are starting the day with guidance gains as news of a sale by portugal eased concerns over debt. moderate gains with japan gaining nearly 1%. it was the first decline in the yen against other currencies this week but the shanghai composite lost almost 1.5% on worries the beijing government may take new steps to cool increases housing prices. checking in on wall street where we start the day, looks like a slightly higher opening following europe. here's where we start the dow jones after most of our stocks were up yesterday.
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crude oil prices are hovering around $75 a barrel after a report showing u.s. inventories fell more than expected. despite the decrease, u.s. oil supplies are at a 30 year high. analysts say that could lead to a drop in gasoline prices by the end of the year. some predict the price could be a dime a gallon less by the holidays. your time now 5:20. the air in an oakland neighborhood is especially sweet this morning. the old bakery that closed down last july is reopening at 7:00 this morning. i can smell it from here. several former workers joined together to form the taste of denmark bakery cooperative that will operate at that same location. they're hoping to attract and bring back many of their old customers. and today they're offering free samples. so people will have a reminder of what they've been missing. >> that sounds nice. might have to stop by there. all right. 5:21 is the time. teenagers involved in gun violence here more than ever before. find out just how easy it is
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for them to get weapons and what some people are doing to try to stop it. also it's already the most destructive wild fire in colorado history. we'll tell you why it's only going to get worse. good morning. traffic is moving well this morning on the san mateo bridge. but some trouble in oakland with the major freeway. the guys who drive a heavy duty truck, have some heavy duty demands. like enough horsepower and torque to get out of just about any situation. a payload that beats the other guys flat out.
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good morning. some patchy low clouds out there. little cool. mostly sunny skies still breezy today but not as bad as yesterday. 60s and mid-70s. time now 5:24. crews battling the huge colorado wild fire are getting ready for another day of high winds and low humidity. that's going to make their job even tougher as they try to gain ground on the flame that is have now destroyed at least 135 homes. look at these pictures. that makes it the most destructive fire in colorado history. it doesn't include the human toll. at least four people are missing this morning. more than 3500 more have been evacuated. and they're wondering if they have anything left to go home to. well, the best city for college students is right here in the bay area. the american institute of economic research named san francisco the top large college city in the nation. new york city came in number two. followed by washington d.c., boston and seattle.
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the ranking is based on academic, environment, the quality of life and professional opportunities. in the mid size city categories san jose ranked first. boulder, colorado, was the top small college city. an 18-year-old man rushed to the hospital after an attack at the college of marin's kentfield campus. this happened tuesday morning outside the school's science center. arriving police saw a handful of people running from the scene. they arrested five people though one of them was later released. police aren't sure what sparked the attack. four remaining suspects all between the ages of 18 and 24 are being held now on $50,000 bail. well, perhaps the most troubling aspect of violence in the bay area is the age of those involved. there's an increase in the number of teenagers getting shot or doing the shooting. with more than 400 shootings in oakland so far this year, 115 of the victims were minors.
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and about one-third of the suspects are under the age of 18. police say teenagers -- police and teenagers say part of the problem is guns are too easily available. >> i can buy a gun right now if i really wanted to. >> reporter: how would you do something like that? >> i could. go ask around. if you know some people in gangs or stuff you're just like i need to buy a gun i got like $200 on me. they'll be like okay i got you i'll hit you back later. >> say half of the battle in keeping children safe is keeping them in school. their goal is to get young people out of the cross fire and headed toward a brighter future. well, our time now 5:27. a small plane crash in northern arkansas has killed santa cruz man and his son. the victims identified as 62- year-old robert joseph ross and his 32-year-old son michael. authorities say both men were licensed pilots but it's not clear who was flying the cessna on tuesday. robert ross was a flight
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instructor for a flight school in wattsonville. his son lived in austin, texas. no one else was on board. time now 5:27. right now crews are at the scene of an early morning fire in oakland. it was the second time in 14 hours the fire crews raced to this same apartment. and what feared a man most after his neighbor across the street was shot. we'll have that live from oakland coming up. also we'll tell you why one man linked to a murderous rampage walked out of jail last night. good morning. southbound 680 traffic is moving along okay as you drive through the south bay. we have a problem on one of the freeways. we'll tell you more. why? i could have saved this one. i could have saved this one. ♪ call 1-800-steemer
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well, good morning to you. welcome back. this is the ktvu channel 2 morning news. thursday september 9th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. time now is 5:31. steve, is it going to be warm or chilly today? >> we start off chilly and then a little warmer today. more tomorrow than today. but we start off with 40s for some and some low clouds. that system was not strong enough to wipe out the low cloud deck. so patchy low clouds get right to the temperature. 60s to low 70s on the coast and peninsula bay and some mid-70s inland. still breezy at times. here's sal. steve, right now traffic on 80 looks pretty good getting out to the macarthur maze with no major problems. right now also looking good at
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the toll plaza seems to be a little bit of a slow down here westbound as you come up on one of the lanes here. 5:31. back to the desk. thank you. fire investigators are trying to determine why an oakland apartment complex went up in flames twice. now the building is on martin luther king, jr. boulevard near 60th street. ktvu is out there right now with the very latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. oakland firefighters have finished their overhaul. if there's any anesthetic beauty certainly anyone can agree the aftermath is not pretty. there's all kinds of debris here. burnt furniture. door that is have been kicked out. if you look inside the building you can see there's a bit of what they call a loft which is the open space above the ceiling firefighters had to work through as well. the overhaul phase is over and the firefighters are on their way out of here. fire investigator was here and is already done an initial
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report. now this fire was first reported at 3:00 a.m. the fire department says the one alarm fire was under control in about 30 minutes. woman on 60th street told firefighters she heard the explosion and saw huge flames. a witness took pictures of what she saw only after calling 911. no people were inside. >> we were worried about that because i was like is anybody in there? i don't know. he stopped and said i thought it was cool to watch as long as nobody was getting hurt. >> reporter: these are a couple of the pictures our witness took of the fire. they not only show the size of the flames but the origin or where the fire started. they do not show the other fire that ripped through the same apartment in the same apartment building at 1:00 p.m. yesterday. >> they were on the second floor. same apartment but different areas. >> reporter: the captain says the 3:00 a.m. fire is suspicious because gas inside the building was turned off following the first fire.
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he also says the building's owner didn't fully secure the building and that provided an opportunity for someone to intentionally start the second fire although the cause is not yet been determined. you take a look at a live puckture here you can once again see all the debris out here. coming up we're going to try to find out where the people went that lived in this building. we know red cross was here. but the fire captain told me only one of the apartments was occupied when they got here even though all the apartments looked like they had been occupied furniture inside them and so forth. live in oakland, ktvu channel 2 news. well, police say an innocent woman was critically injured during a shooting in oakland. ktvu's jade hernandez spoke with a neighbor who describes this terrifying attack. good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning. about a half hour ago we went to the house where the shooting happened. we spoke to a neighbor who hit the ground when he heard what he says were about 30 shots. he's scared this morning. and what makes that worse is that police believe the woman shot was not the intended
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target. in fact, a fight in front of the house involving someone else who lived there may have led to the woman opening her door and then being shot three times including once to the chest. police were not releasing any information about the woman this morning. but the neighbor told us he thought she was in her 50s living with a big family along the 1200 block of 87th avenue. the man we spoke to lives across the street and just moved into the neighborhood. he says he heard 30 shots fired. he immediately hit the ground. what scared him the most, the shots sounded like they came from an assault rifle. he did come outside of his home inside to see family members running out of that house screaming they shot mama, they shot mama. paramedics took the woman to the hospital where we're told she's in critical but stable condition at this hour. we're live at police headquarters this morning. no arrests so far. but we will keep you posted. live from oakland, jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. time now 5:35. a vallejo man linked to a bizarre east bay homicide case
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is out on bail this morning. charles left the jail last night just hours after a judge lowered his bail. the 72-year-old man was behind bars for possession of explosive material. investigators say they found the chemicals in his vallejo home along with the bodies of his wife and her friend. police are investigating whether the women died during efren valdemoro's killing rampage. meantime a week long search tied to the valdemoro case is set to resume at 8:00 this morning. the crews will go back to this pittsburgh landfill to continue to look for the body of a missing hercules man. 35-year-old frederick sales has been missing since his father was found dead last month inside their hercules home. investigators say valdemoro may have killed both men and disposed of frederick sales' body in a dumpster. a long debated plan to extend bart to the oakland airport is moving forward.
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the board of directors has approved spending $20 million in state funding for the $4 80 million project. the next step is to get approval from the california transportation authority to secure an additional $130 million in grants and loans. the new rail line would replace the current air bart shuttle. the number of people killed in traffic accidents has dropped dramatically to its lowest level in 60 years. transportation department says about 34,000 people died in crashes last year. but that's almost a 10% decrease from the year before. the drop is due to more people wearing seat belts, fewer drunk drivers and vehicles with better safety features. a lot of people are getting up and getting kids ready for school. sal, you got things happening in campbell now right? >> that's right. northbound 17 this morning we have a map of it for you right near the freeway at hamilton avenue right about there. police are looking for -- actually they found one of
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them. they were looking for two people who had apparently ripped off a cab driver. they took the cab driver's phone that looks like they were just out to no good. they found one of the guys. there's a bunch of cops in that area looking for another guy. these guys got out of the cab and ran. well, you know the police officers have cars, geniuses, they ended up catching one. this will not end well for them. there are a lot of cops in that area. people slowing down for the lights d that sort of thing. look at 880 north and southbound here near the coliseum. the traffic is moving along okay. this morning's commute on westbound bay bridge still looks good as you come up on the pay gates. now here's steve. well, the headlines feel like fall. earlier felt like summer. not yesterday. sprinkles light rain morning later in the afternoon off towards the north and east. still low clouds around even though there's very cool air
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aloft and hardly any in the valley. usually that wipes out the fog but that didn't happen. it will be mostly sunny. little breezy. not as windy as yesterday. gradual warming. a little bit today. more so tomorrow. take that into the weekend. next week looks like another round of cool and maybe by around next thursday we could be talking about some rain as another stronger system begins to move in. we're that time of year you get into september and it's not just fog. start have to look for rain. but today we're just looking for mostly sunny skies. little breeze that system ejects out. it's in northern nevada right now. see the spin in the atmosphere yesterday. watch late in the afternoon right there in the valley, look at that. that's why i say these things to cover myself because you can see that was happening. all it takes is a little zig instead of a zag and comes back towards the west 25 to 50 miles but it was very close. lake county and napa county yesterday. patchy fog and mostly sunny. 60s, 70s and mid-70s. still below average on these
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temps. mt. tamalpais 48. that's two degrees cooler than yesterday. 47 sonoma. some low clouds any puff of a breeze even cooler than this. 52 bethel island. pleasanton also. stanford right at 50. 30s up in the mountains. 38 reno chill there you can see the cooler air as it plunged southwards. record low maximum temperatures yesterday on the high side especially at ocean side and parts of the coast really cool down to southern california all courtesy of that system which is moving out. low clouds left behind. mostly sunny. a little warmer but also breezy at times. 60s and 70s for highs across the board coast, bay and inland. tomorrow we'll be warmer especially away from the coast. but looks like if history repeats itself like it has for the last six months fog won't take long to get back and it will be here on the coast. inland areas back into the 80s. bless you. all right. steve, thank you. time now 5:40. it's been 90 days as of today since someone shot and killed a
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respected community activist in the parking lot of san mateo's hillsdale shopping mall. that case remains unsolved. last night 40 people held a vigil to remember the victim. lewis was well known for his work in helping recovering addicts. and he founded an east palo alto drug rehab center called free at last. it's fear maybe a factor why no one has come forward. >> a bad neighborhood. but a lot of people just don't say things because they're worried or feared of anything happening to them or their families. >> it's not mentioned. murder is inexcusable. and one thing he would always say if you kill someone, you will pay. >> the volunteers also went through the shopping mall handing out fliers and letting people know there's a $50,000 reward offered in this case. david lewis' friends say they will not allow this case to go cold. well, an interstate offramp in oakland reopened now after a
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truck's brakes apparently failed causing an accident that wrecked 13 vehicles. it happened around 5:00 last night on the grand avenue offramp from interstate 580. the truck driver who only identified himself as tony says he was on his way home and traveling about 45 miles per hour on the exit ramp when his brakes went out. now he says he'd been hauling dirt in oakland and couldn't stop saying that he scrambled to avoid the vehicles in front of him. >> looking that way, you know got telephone pole can't go that way. can't go up the hill. can't hit the side of the freeway. i had nowhere to ditch the truck. i was just like. [ indiscernible ] >> four victims were transported to the hospital. none suffered life threatening injuries but the truck driver was not cited and investigators will be inspecting the truck today to see what went wrong. all right. 5:42. authorities in the east bay say they put a big pot farm out of
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business, but they still have to take care of another important piece of business. and is it an accident waiting to happen? what a vegas resort is saying about an attack of one of its most popular attractions.
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♪ good morning. we have low clouds around. that will give way to mostly sunny skies today. little breezy but also slightly warmer with 60s and low to mid- 70s. thank you. steve. good morning. welcome back. here's a quick look at some of the top stories we're following for you right now. look at this. early this morning in oakland an out of control car smashed into a fire hydrant sending
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water shooting into the air. the driver of the car ran off after crashing onto some railroad tracks. also this morning president obama is joining many national and international voices. he's asking a florida minister to call of his plan to stage a quran burning protest this weekend. president obama says the action would be a recruitment bonanza for al qaeda. oakland police are investigating a fatal shooting. it happened during a gunfight near a taco truck at 45th and international last night. one man was killed. another wounded in that gun battle. we're getting word out of iraq that four prisoners with links to al qaeda have escaped from a maximum security prison in baghdad. the part of the prison the prisoners escaped from is guarded by u.s. soldiers. it's not clear how the men escaped. mgm grand is defending safety standards after this video surfaced on youtube showing a lion attacking its
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trainer. the incident happened earlier this month right in front of visitors. the trainer eventually freed himself from the lion with the help of another trainer as you can see. he was treated at the hospital for a bite to his leg. time now 5:46. this morning authorities are still searching for a man they believe is behind a massive marijuana growing operation in the east bay. this follows yesterday's huge pot bust in a remote regional park. the park police seized more than 1800 pot plants. the street value is about a quarter million dollars. the big raid followed a three week investigation. >> it was ready for harvesting. we actually found some marijuana that already had been harvested and was being dried. and from there goes straight to the streets for sales. >> officers arrested one of two men believed to be running that pot farm. the other suspect is still on the loose this morning. the highway patrol says statewide the number of auto thefts dropped more than 15%
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last year. now 169,000 vehicles were stolen in 2009. but that's a 15.4% drop from the year before and the largest annual decrease in decades. officers say 88% of the vehicles reported stolen were recovered. investigators are crediting more enforcement, education and technology for the decline. >> interesting. time now 5:48. let's check in with sal. i know you're watching the east bay now right? >> that's right. we are looking at where the traffic gets busiest first. that would be the east bay looking at 80 westbound coming in from richmond and down to berkeley and eventually to emeryville and oakland. looks pretty good although it's definitely getting more crowded. also this morning we're looking at 880 in oakland north and southbound. that traffic continues to move along very well. and no major problems here on880 north and southbound. looks like the road work has been cleared at 23rd. 580 coming into the valley looking good. yesterday was kind of a terrible commute.
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and across the bay across san mateo bridge to the peninsula we're off to a nice start. now at 5:48 here's steve. sal, thank you, sir. top of the morning to you. little chill out there. if it wasn't for the low clouds we would be even cooler. we expect a cool day today. very fall-like yesterday. remember sunday and monday was hot. we cooled down big time. fall-like after yesterday's first really front of the season associated low dropped in gave us a lot of clouds and some light rain. a lot of drizzle. low clouds, cool out there right now. mostly sunny and breezy. it will be gradually warmer especially as we head into the weekend. signs next week we'll go right back into cool and maybe a better opportunity for rain next thursday. i'm getting ahead of myself. today sunny, breezy, system is moving out. exit stage right but watch in the valley right there. that was yesterday. oh. that's why we put it in the forecast. it was really close. once you get to sunset it loses support and collapses.
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patchy fog and mostly sunny. 60s to near 70 around the bay. mid to upper 70s inland. that's about it. santa rosa napa 48. 46 now sonoma county airport. little cool there. 58 sonoma -- or sonoma, san jose. they also have low clouds there. 30s up in the mountains. 40s cool there as well. 50s and 60s all the way do southern california. system moves out. high pressure gradually moves in. it won't be strong. low clouds give way to sunshine for most. maybe a slower process if you have the low cloud deck over you. breezy and slightly warmer. 60s to 7 0z. few mid-70s. still a puff of a breeze here. that's going to keep things on the cooler side. tomorrow we'll be warmer. take that inland at least into the weekend. the fog will be back on the coast as we head towards friday and saturday. the labor department just reported new jobless claims dropped for the third consecutive week.
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451,000 people filed for first time unemployment benefits. that's down 27,000 from the previous week. and continuing claims also dropped but only by 2,000. california regulators want one of the state's largest health insurance providers to pay a $9.9 billion fine. the state claims pacific care violated california's insurance code 992,000 times between 2006 and 2007 by routinely failing to disclose benefits, time limits and other information about policies. pacific care is now owned by united health care which disputes the charges. our time now 5:51. a bay area festival may soon get a huge makeover. and the plans may include moving to a new location and returning to the festival's roots. plus more on the man who will soon replace a broadcasting legend and what he's promising he will not do.
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a santa cruz man waking up behind bars this morning. he's accused of throwing a woman from his car. witnesses report seeing things from a door opening and shut several times before the woman was allegedly thrown out. 34-year-old was arrested after
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a short chase on several charges including domestic violence and drunk driving. the woman suffered scrapes and bruises. time now 5:54. the san francisco planning commission has allowed the city's only gun store to reopen but with certain conditions. opponents fought to prevent high bridge arms on mission street from reopening saying the store is too close to homes and schools. the store's gun dealer's license expired back in january. the commission decided the gun store owner must provide extra security including security cameras and gun safes when it reopens for business. san francisco city officials are asking the public to join the debate over the yearly north beach festival. at issue is whether the festival should limit itself to parts of columbus avenue and move out of washington square park. the festival damages the grass out there. the city is suggesting the banning of food vendors next year because they do the most damage according to the
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reports. feedback is welcome during a community resources fair on september 18th at the italian athletic club. unseasonably cold temperatures are likely to stay for the rest of the year. the new issue of the farmer's almanac predicts that the earth will continue to cool in the coming months. for california this won't bring a drastic change, but we will likely see a mild winter with average rain. the eastern half of the country though will experience lower than normal temperatures. but less snowfall. cnn selected this man of america's got talent as the replacement for larry king. he already hosts the popular program in britain. he will take over king's prime time slot in january. he refuses to lose the ratings battle. king who will leave the show in december has been in third place. time now 5:56. san francisco supervisor taking steps towards his next career as the owner of a bar and grill. daily is in talks to takeover san francisco's buck tavern on
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market street. once he leaves office in january. he is being forced out by term limits. he is hoping the bar becomes a watering hole where progressive politics are discussed. his family moved to fairfield, but daily says he loves san francisco and he's not ready to leave the city yet. coming up on 6:00. a bay area woman was shot as she opened her front door. why police believe she may have been an innocent victim. and what neighbors say feared them the most about the attack. also right now crews are on the scene of an overnight fire. this one in oakland. why they're in familiar territory. good morning. still have low clouds around here. little warmer today. how much warmer? we will show you the numbers in about two minutes.
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an apartment in oakland went up in flames. what happened there yesterday that has piqued vestigators curiosity. old faithful in oakland overnight. an out of control car slices through a fire hydrant. what the driver did after unleashing this geyser. a hint of fall settled in yesterday. so we rebound those temperatures like monday or
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